be·​ret | \ bə-ˈrā How to pronounce beret (audio) \

Definition of beret

: a visorless usually woolen cap with a tight headband and a soft full flat top

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In his trademark red beret, Wine has urged young people to throw the old guard out of power in rallies that have transformed him from a popular entertainer to a national political figure. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "As Uganda targets a pop star rival, media under pressure," 18 May 2019 Camilla chose a deep red beret — one of her favorite kinds of hats — with two jaunty feathers up front during her first post-wedding appearance at Crathie Parish Church in April 2005. Marci Robin, Allure, "The 30 Best Fascinators and Hats Worn by Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall," 6 Aug. 2018 The Duchess paired the red-brown coat with a navy beret and a Victoria Beckham bag. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore Vintage Dior to Lena Elizabeth Tindall's Christening," 18 Mar. 2019 Chris Radburn—Pool/Reuters Victoria Beckham wore a navy blue beret with a fishnet veil to match the dress from her own Victoria Beckham line. Cady Lang, Time, "The Craziest, Most British Hats Guests Wore to the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Jay-Z looked incredibly dapper in a dark gray suit, while Beyoncé upstaged the whole world with a black beret and an asymmetrical outfit that was more sculpture than gown. Evelyn Wang, Teen Vogue, "This Jaw-Dropping Reaction to Beyoncé and Jay-Z Is Everything," 29 Jan. 2018 Her beret and lace-up oxfords added an extra Parisian touch, and her small white circle bag added a playful spin to the ladylike ensemble. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Looked So Chic in All-White Chanel for a Night Out with Bradley Cooper," 11 Feb. 2019 Those who do know his work would probably dismiss it as too Continental—in the way that berets or Gauloise cigarettes are. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold’ Review: Creativity That Cuts Against the Grain," 22 Jan. 2019 Their arms and uniforms were different from the rest of the army, including their distinctive red berets. Bram Janssen And Andrew Meldrum, Fox News, "Zimbabwe's Matabeleland massacre haunts Monday's elections," 28 July 2018

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First Known Use of beret

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beret

French béret, from Gascon berret, from Old Occitan, cap — more at biretta

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English Language Learners Definition of beret

: a round hat with a tight band around the head and a top that is flat, soft, and loose


be·​ret | \ bə-ˈrā How to pronounce beret (audio) \

Kids Definition of beret

: a soft round flat cap without a visor

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